The rules of The North International Music Competition
Applications: January 2 – April 26, 2020
Results: June 05, 2020 | to be announced on The North International Music Competition website
An association of musicians of the Nordic Countries, organises The North International Music Competition (hereinafter referred to as the competition). The competition takes place entirely over the Internet.
The competition is open to contestants of all nationalities and countries. Participants compete in categories based on the age. The programme is to be performed by heart and completely, except for contemporary music, where one is allowed to use the score.
The contestants will be judged based solely on the submitted recordings.
We will have different application fees. We will provide a lower, discounted price to contestants who apply before the busy time.
02 January – 02 February, 40€ – The Earliest of Birds
03 February – 01 March, 50€ – Early Bird
02 March – 26 April, 60€ – Standard
Repertoire: Free choice (one or more pieces) from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary periods. The performance should be solo, with piano accompaniment or performance with orchestra. Total duration of the video recording is limited:
- I category – born in 2012 and younger – up to 6 minutes
- II category – born in 2010 and younger – up to 6 minutes
- III category – born in 2008 and younger – up to 8 minutes
- IV category – born in 2006 and younger – up to 10 minutes
- V category – born in 2004 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- VI category – born in 2002 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- VII category – born in 2000 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- VIII category – born in 1998 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- IX category – born in 1994 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- X category – born in 1990 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- XI category – born in 1989 and older – up to 12 minutes
DUO (two instruments)
- XI category – born in 2012 and younger – up to 6 minutes
- XII category – born in 2010 and younger – up to 8 minutes
- XIII category – born in 2008 and younger – up to 10 minutes
- XIV category – born in 2006 and younger – up to 10 minutes
- XV category – born in 2004 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- XVI category – born in 2002 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- XVII category – born in 2000 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- XVIII category – born in 1998 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- XIX category – born in 1994 and younger – up to 12 minutes
- XX category – born in 1993 and older – up to 12 minutes
* Duos are not obligated to perform compositions by heart.
Video recordings (audio not acceptable) must be performed by the applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added. To ensure that poor recording quality does not interfere with jury’s ability to review the material, avoid distortion and ensure that the accompaniment is not louder than the applicant (where applicable). You will not be penalised for the quality of your video, although it is important that it is good enough to see and hear you clearly.
Videos should be recorded no more than 18 months before the date of your submission.
When you submit the Application Form, please include the piece/s you are applying with in the format: name of the piece, composer’s name, duration. Please also include web link/s below each piece.
Videos should be available for watching online – download links won’t be accepted.
If you submit YouTube links, be sure your videos have the proper settings:
VIDEO MANAGER → videos → Basic Info → from the dropdown menu, please choose “Public” or “Unlisted” instead of “Private”.
If the duration of the submitted Video (or total duration if more than one video) exceeds the time limits, as specified in the rules, with more than 60 seconds, the applicant might be disqualified without notice and his/her application shall be treated as null and void.
The duration of the performed piece excludes applause and going onto or leaving the stage.
Registration is to be done exclusively through electronic means. During entering the website www.northcompetition.com the competitor needs to provide the following:
- Filled the Online Application form in English
- Youtube link
- Portrait Photo
- If needed, a Passport Photo or other means of identification.
By participating in the competition, competitors automatically disown the right for any material (financial) remuneration regarding eventual publication and distribution of music video recordings on CD and DVD publications and Internet.
A minimum of Nine qualified judges will be evaluating the audition materials. The work of the Jury is regulated by special Rules. Jury members are to be elected out of renowned musicians, as well as performing artists, conductors and chamber musicians. All Jury decisions are final and irrevocable.
Competitors are qualified according to the average grade point of evaluations by the Jury:
- FIRST PRIZE – is to be awarded to the competitor who wins at least 90/100 points
- SECOND PRIZE – is to be awarded to the competitor who wins at least 80/100 points
- THIRD PRIZE – is to be awarded to the competitor who wins at least 70/100 points
- DIPLOMA – is to be awarded to the competitor who wins at least 60/100 points
Number of awards (prizes) is limited, but can be shared if more than one contestants reach the same mark.
The competitor with the best placement in the competition discipline will be the Absolute Winner and will be awarded with the Diploma The North International Music Competition Grand Prize.
The Absolute Winner will get his/hers picture and biography published on the website under the title “The Winner of The North International Music Competition Grand Prize”. The Absolute Winner also receives a special diploma.
In the case of several competitors-soloists in the category have the same number of points, advantage will be given to the younger competitor. In the case of several competitors in the different categories having the same number of points, final decision on the placement will be brought by the Jury.
The prizes will be awarded based solely on the submitted recordings. The competitors have no right to present any objections against the composition of the Jury.
Fund of prizes from Association:
- All contestants will be awarded with diplomas
- Teachers and accompanists on request receive a certificate for a portfolio
- The Absolute Winner will get his/hers picture and biography published on the website under the title “The Winner of The North International Music Competition Grand Prize”. The Absolute Winner also receives a special diploma.
- State and public institutions, enterprises and individuals, in agreement with the organizers may award special prizes.
After all nominations competition are finished, Diplomas will be sent on the 5th of June 2020.
By applying to the competition, participants automatically accept conditions from previous provisions of the online music competition rules.